Work Title: Tulip Soldier
School: Savannah College of Art and Design
Country: United States
An illustration student attending the Savannah College of Art and Design, Amanda Mullins is originally from Orlando, Florida. Currently Mullins is pursuing her goal of working as an illustrator of picture books, animation or video games. Mullins has had her work exhibited in numerous galleries, as well as worked on an Annie Award nominated film, “The Girl and the Fox”. Mullins has an affinity for unique stories and characters, and world history inspires her imagination. For any project, Mullins uses her skills to generate illustrations that are full of professional design and simultaneously reflect her individuality as an artist.
Tulip Soldier, by Amanda Mullins is a miniature comic which takes place in the Netherlands during World War II, specifically during the Hunger Winter of 1944, when Nazi Germany occupied the Netherlands, and food transportation came to a stop causing massive starvation. The Dutch Resistance, "Oranje", often carried out missions to help the public in danger.
The comic is done in a short manner, without dialogue. The main objective was to create a strong mood of helplessness and "soaring" hope, without using any words. This way, the imagery would stand out the most and give the reader a larger opportunity to imagine the struggles the characters went through during World War II. In the final panel, the main character is dead, and whether or not the Nazi soldier at the end feels sadness or frustration is up to the viewer. The tulip the boy receives from the Dutch man gives him strength as he sees the fighter planes, either enemy or allied forces, flying over the skies in pursuit.
Photoshop CS4 Extended was used for all coloring, rendering and design. By using the default brush sets, the values, tones and layers of color was all created using Photoshop CS4 Extended.
Photoshop CS4 Extended
Work Title: We are the world
School: Kun Shan University
Yong-Siang Lin graduated from Kun Shan University, Department of Visual Communication Design. Lin is enrolled in Kun Shan University graduate school of Visual Communication Design. Lin's expertise is in illustration, graphic design and photography.
This illustration explores through a fun and catchy visual identity, the differences and commonalities of the world's cultures.
We know that traditional costumes are developed by the histories, environments and individual lives of the culture. The illustration captures the multiplicity and unity of peoples and cultures through the mechanism of the Matryoshka - the famous Russian stacking doll.
Adobe Illustrator was used in the design and construction.
Illustrator CS4, Reader
Work Title: RADOŚĆ FOTOGRAFOWANIA (JOY OF PHOTOGRAPHY)
School: Akademia Humanistyczno-Ekonomiczna w Łodzi
Born in Poland in 1949, Leszek Szurkowski graduated from the Poznan Academy of Agriculture, where he received a Master's of Science in Forestry & Entomology. Szurkowski received his Ph.D. (Photography & Multimedia) at the Fine Art Academy in Poznan, Poland. He is Professor and Dean at the Academy of Humanities & Economics (AHE) of the Graphic Arts Department, Lodz, Poland. Szurkowski is a photographer, graphic designer and digital illustrator, specializing in digital image editing and print production. Between 1965–2010, he held fifty-five solo exhibitions and participated in over 150 group shows in various parts of the world as an exhibitor, lecturer and juror. His works have won many international awards and have been published in numerous magazines, such as Communication Arts Magazine, Graphis, Graphic Excellence USA, Master of Photography, APA Awards Book, and Photo District News. Szurkowski's fine art pieces can be found in private and gallery collections in Europe, Japan, Canada and the United States. He is represented by First Light (Toronto), and Illulogica.com (Warsaw).
Leszek Szurkowski's Joy of Photography is a book published by Nikon Poland as part of an educational project. It is a guide to digital photography but also a fascinating story about photography; the art of registering images and the labyrinth of knowledge about light, colors, composition and perspective. Chapters dedicated to various techniques and ways of taking photographs contain short, matter-of-fact advice that even professional photographers will find helpful. These parts of the book can serve as a concise guide for everyone who wants quick, simple solutions to the questions that emerge while performing various photographic tasks.
As a designer and a photographer it was important for Leszek Szurkowski to show his holistic attitude towards book-designing (practical, logical, user-friendly design combined with harmonious visual rhythm). Joy of Photography is intended as an interesting and educational book in which it is easy to navigate between topics, and that also serves as an inspiring photo album. The greatest challenge was in presenting the chapter 'Anatomy of the Image' which to Leszek is a key to mastering photography skills.
InDesign was used for the design. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator were used in preparing the illustrations. The chapter 'Image Editing and Archives' is based on Adobe products which were also used as part of illustrations.
Illustrator CS5, InDesign CS5, Photoshop CS5 Extended, Photoshop Elements 8, Photoshop Lightroom 3